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Orbx TrueEarth Great Britain South Released For X-Plane

After showing some incredible previews at RAF Cosford last weekend, Orbx has released their first TrueEarth product for X-Plane – Great Britain South.

With developer Tony Wroblewski at the helm, Orbx has put together a stunning product that captures the beauty of the English countryside, as well as the cities in between. Great Britain South contains 107,349km2 of aerial imagery that has been corrected and colour-matched by hand. On top of these crisp ground textures are autogen objects placed through the use of an all-new technology developed by Orbx, specifically for X-Plane 11. They say this allows “thousands of realistic looking UK-themed houses to be placed at a realistic height with minimal impact on performance”, along with 13.2 million buildings at the correct height and location. While adding more greenery to the scenery is 130 million trees, which are also said to be of correct height and location.

The detail doesn’t stop there though, because also included is an accurate placement of VFR landmarks (such as masts, wind farms, churches, power-lines, and lighthouses), plenty of custom modelled POIs, accurate road and rail networks, and “superb” water masking along the coastline, coupled with a 10m terrain mesh for incredibly detailed hills, valleys and cliffs.

As you may have worked out from the name, this product is only the southern part of England, with Great Britain Central and Great Britain North to be released at a later date. ESP-platform users should also expect to see Great Britain South soon.

If you haven’t already seen the incredible screenshots that have come out of the Orbx forums over the last week, take a look at the selection we’ve prepared for you at the bottom of this piece. If you don’t need any more encouragement though, you can head to the Orbx website to pick up TrueEarth Great Britain South for X-Plane 11 right now, at a cost of AUD$54.95.

 
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CremonaSoft A310 Released

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Just a few days ago, CremonaSoft announced the impending arrival of their A310 for X-Plane 10 and 11. Today, the product has become available for sale through the X-Plane.org Store. First flown commercially in 1983, the A310 was one of the first airlines from Airbus. The A310-304 is powered by two General Electric CF6-80C2 engines and despite being close to
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Summary: Mettar Simulations Presentation At Flight Sim 2018

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Mettar Simulations has provided updates on a range of their projects during their presentation at Flight Sim 2018 this morning. During the presentation, Matt Davies spoke about projectFLY, POSCON and more. projectFLY The widely-used flight-tracking companion for every style of simmer is about to be updated with a number of new and improved features. The items that Matt touched on
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Orbx ESNQ Kiruna Airport Pack Released

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Orbx has released ESNQ Kiruna Airport for FSX and P3D. The product includes more than just the one airport, however, with ESSV Visby and ESSD Dala airports both included in the one product. The three Swedish airports have been developed to the usual, high-quality Orbx standard by developer Marcus Nyberg, featuring high-resolution airport textures and 30/50cm terrain textures. All three airports include advanced
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Sim Innovations Show Video Preview Of 737 MAX Avionics

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Sim Innovations has continued to make mouths water following their recent announcement of a 737 MAX avionics suite for X-Plane, this time showing a working video preview of the Captain’s PFD in a Facebook video.
The video shows the take-off stage of flight, with a few abnormal events thrown in to show what the system is currently capable of – for example, excessive bank angle and sink rate warnings. All of this was accompanied by the familiar sounds of Audiobird’s soundpack for the Zibo 737.
Naturally, it’s less exciting to describe this video to you in text form, so head over to the link above to see the full clip.

The team made the announcement around a week ago, using only a single still image of the PFD on their Facebook page. Captioning the image, Sim Innovations said that their intention is to create the full MAX avionics suite to work alongside the Zibo 737 as a standalone application – presumably intended for cockpit builders. In the comments some days later, they also made mention of an overhead panel being included in the release – when the time comes, of course.

The MAX does seem to be the flavour of the month in the X-Plane world at the moment, though, with the 737 Ultimate team announcing their MAX project just a few days ago, and RG – the modder responsible for the modification package for the Zibo 737 (which is a modification in itself) – has also been posting previews of a 737 MAX8 modification on his VK page in recent days.
It appears that anyone with a taste for a modern narrowbody is going to be spoilt for choice pretty soon.

 
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Skyline Simulations Announce Dash 8 200 & 300

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Skyline Simulations has today announced, via their Facebook page, that they're currently working on a couple of the often forgotten models of the Dash 8 family for X-Plane. The developer, primarily known for their scenery products, used the announcement to show off some early renders of the Dash 8 200 and 300 models that are currently being worked on, while
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A2A Accu-sim Bonanza Released

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A2A has released their Accu-sim Bonanza for Prepar3D v4. The Beechcraft Bonanza V-Tail is a single-engine, six-seater GA aircraft that first began production in 1947, and holds the record for the longest continually produced aircraft in history. In addition to the V-tail configuration, they were also built in the conventional tail config, with over 17,000 being produced. A2A's Accu-sim Bonanza features
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